Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, where castles grew out of flowers . . . Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? See for yourself at Jack Long’s latest exhibition Singing Her to Sleep, a fanciful collection of fairy tale-inspired pieces that explore everyone’s need to escape reality and, you know, run away with a prince, or something. “I feel like people think of their lives in this way, relating moments to fairy tales or mythology,” Long says about his work. “We have this way of seeing our world in terms of heroes and villains, embellishing certain events, and forgetting others.” A Rhode Island School of Design alum, Long, who is originally from Pennsylvania but is now based in Los Angeles, uses oils on wood to create narrative paintings that explore a world where everyone can live happily ever after.

June 27-July 15, 2009